An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau
Walking is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside. Elizabeth von Arnim

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Brownies

62 degrees this morning when I walked with a very light misty rain.
So light that I didn't really get wet, just a bit damp.
It was actually nice and kept me cool.
Like you said GrannyM, I'd rather walk in a misty rain than the hot sun.


Had my usual walk to town and passed by deer, rabbits, a whole
mess of goldfinches, a couple of chipmunks and even a groundhog.

When I got to town I walked down the side street passed the library
and then headed over to the ball park loop.
Down the other side street, back to the main road and home again.

No one else out walking that I saw.

Walked 5.7 miles

☁️     🌧     πŸ™‚     ☁️

Made us pancakes for breakfast.
Yesterday Ken mentioned that I hadn't made brownies in a long time,
so I baked him some.

When I stopped in the library the other day I told Lori
about the trouble I had trying to borrow books on my Kindle.
She walked me through it and showed me what I did wrong.
Today I gave it another try and after a few attempts was pleased to have
gotten a book downloaded on the Kindle. 
Tried another book and ran into problems and can't seem to figure out
what I did wrong.  Hoping it will get easier as I go along.
A lot of the books from our library just aren't available for the Kindle.

No work outside today.
Scattered showers throughout the day so we spent
it indoors.
We did see some sun by suppertime.

Nice to spend most of the afternoon reading.

That's all I've got for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
A happy day to you.
happyone  πŸ™‚

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Nicolas Chamfort


Comment Replies:
Brenda and John - Thanks so much for your kind words.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Outside Work

A cloudy morning, 65 degrees and calm as I walked to town.


Saw the doe and her fawn again along the main road as well as a few other deer and a couple of little bunnies.

Walked around both cemeteries a couple of times and home again.

Saw Lena, Lisa, and Wayne out walking.

The sky looked like a bunch cotton balls stuck together this morning.

Walked 5.7 miles

☁️     πŸ™‚     ☁️

We had a working outside day today. Ken hooked up our little dump trailer to the truck and we left for the stone place and got a couple tons of gravel.  We put it out back by the deck and the wall and covered up a drain pipe. Also did some weeding.

Before




After



Our three deer were resting out back while we worked.  They stayed there for hours and weren't bothered by us.

Afterward I sat on the edge of the deck and they got up and started walking around, eating, and getting a drink.
They like to stop at the bird bath for a drink so I filled a
large galvanized bucket with water so it would be easier for them. They use it all the time. There is a third deer farther back but hard to see because it is dark in the woods. Really cool to be so close to the deer.

Started reading the first Miss Read book and I do like it and plan to read the series.

That's all I've got for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
A happy day to you.
happyone 🍭

Comment Replies:
GrannyM - Yes, I can walk under the clothes line.  The line is high so I can just reach it.

Brenda - I have read the Miss Julia books and liked them.  Haven't read all of them though and can't remember where I left off.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday

A nice cool morning with a temperature of 57 degrees.
It was calm and sunny except for this little fog hanging around
in a valley.


A walk to town and around both cemeteries and then over
to the ball park loop.
Then walked around town and met Ken over at the Dollar General.
Had my face mask with me so we both went in the store to 
pick up a couple of things.
Then I got a ride back home.

Saw a doe and her fawn on the way to town and a couple
more deer farther up the road.

Saw a man walking his dog around by the ball park
and a woman and her young daughter walked behind me
as I neared Dollar General.

Walked 5.6 miles

☀️     πŸ™‚     ☀️

Ken went up to the other end of Happy Trails to do a bit more cleanup.

I was at home doing my usual morning chores
and got the laundry hung up outside.
So very nice having the line right on the deck.


Took a walk up to where Ken was working to see how he was doing,
stayed a while, and then walked back to the house.
Ken came home soon after for lunch.
Packed up a lunch to eat in the truck and to go for a little ride.

Stopped in at the library to pick up a book I had on hold.
Thrush Green by Miss Read.
I've heard many of you talk about her books but never did read any
so thought I'd give them a try.
Some day we may be able to go to the library and browse around again!!
Sure miss that.

The rest of the day was spent puttering about again.
Some inside and some outside.
A beautiful sunny day with a nice cool breeze.

Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone  🍭

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fire Hydrant

Cloudy morning and 64 degrees when I left walking to town.
No animals on the way today.
They were all in hiding.

Stayed at the edge of town and walked both cemeteries.

Going up to the cemetery on the hill


and then coming back down.


Stopped by the pond to look at the geese.

Then home again.

Dwayne was out walking as well as Rebecca and Lena too.

The cloudy skies kept it cool but still was pretty hot by the
time I was home again.
Ken was sitting out on the porch waiting for me and I joined 
him while I cooled off.

Walked 5.7 miles

☁️     πŸ™‚     ☁️

Only needed a couple of things from the Shop and Save so we
skipped a week.  

We have an old fire hydrant that we got many years ago from Ken's dad. 
When we had our dog Sammy Jo the hydrant was in her 'spot.'  
It's been sitting up at the tractor barn since we moved here.
We brought it down to the house and wire brushed it and then gave
it a coat of primer. 
It will be painted red and silver.  
We have a place in front picked out to put it.
When it is painted and put in place I'll take a picture.


By afternoon it was raining off and on so we spent the afternoon
inside doing a bit of this and that.

Once a upon a time we used to go bowling on Tuesdays.
Miss that.
Wonder when we will be able to do that again.
Late in the day we finally did see some sunshine.

Have a happy day.
Life is Good
Find the good in your day.
happyone  🍭

Comment Replies:
Kev - No, Ken didn't make the bird house, got it at a craft fair about 6 years ago.

RK - You can see the green afghan HERE.  It is near the bottom of the page.  A few other of my afghans are there too.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Beautiful Summer Day

Another walk to town this morning.
66 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds and it was calm.
When I came around the last the bend coming back home it got breezy.
Most every day we seem to have a breeze up here at Happy Trails.

Walked around the lower cemetery and around town.
Pretty quiet this morning, didn't see any any one else out.
The bakery is closed Monday's so no one was even there.







Deer, rabbits, and wild turkeys were roaming about
and of course the birds were singing for all of us.

Walked 5.7 miles

🌀     πŸ™‚     🌀

My foot is almost back to normal where the wasp stung me.
It was swollen and now it is VERY ITCHY!!

Got some of the never ending house cleaning done this morning.
By lunch time I'd had enough of cleaning and after lunch
went outside to putter about a bit.

Another pretty day.
Sunny, 80 degrees with a nice cool hefty breeze.




We sat out on the front porch for a while this afternoon watching
a couple of deer wander about out front after their nap.
 They walked about taking a nibble here and there (left all the
daisies and cone flowers alone) and stopped to have a drink in the little pond.
They saw us but weren't bothered and acted like we weren't even there.

That's all I have for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone  🍭

Sunday, July 26, 2020

12 Reasons

Sunny and blue skies today with a few clouds and a nice cool breeze.






12 Reasons I no Longer go to Sporting Events

1.  Every time I went, they asked me for money.

2. The people sitting in my row didn't seem very friendly.

3. The seats were very hard.

4. The coach never came to visit me.

5. The referees made a decision I didn't agree with.

6. I was sitting with hypocrites - they only came to see what I was wearing.

7. Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home.

8. The band played some songs I had never heard before.

9. The games are scheduled on my only day to sleep in and run errands.

10. My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.

11. Since I read a book on sports I feel I know more than the coaches.

12. I don't want to take my children, because I want them to choose for themselves 
what sport they like best.

People wouldn't use these silly reasons not to go to a sporting event,
but we've probably heard or maybe even used one or two of these excuses ourselves why we don't go to church.  Before I got back to going to church again, my most common excuses were were 2, 6, 10, and 11.

Luke 14:18a
KJV
And they all with one consent began to make excuse.

A Blessed Sunday to all.
God Bless You.
happyone  ❤️

Comment Replies:
Vee - no, heat wave here by us. Our summers have just about perfect weather like today.  Rarely does it get too hot.  We don't even need AC.

Kerri - Oh yes, I'm liking my Kindle - a lot more that I thought I would!! πŸ™‚

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Wasp

A mix of sun and clouds this morning when I walked.
No breeze and the temperature was 63 degrees.

The neighbor cows were scattered all over the pasture.
These two watched me walk down the hill.


Some more cows from Farmer Marvin's farm
along the main road to town.


Walked around town and up the side road past the library.
Then over to the ball park and walked the loop there,
back to the main road and home again.

Mom and daughter Lena and Rebecca were both out walking
but not together today.  

Look what I found!!
A glove!  πŸ˜€
Wonder how many I'll find this time to put up on the posts
before they are taken down again! 
Number 1

Walked 5.5 miles

🌀     πŸ™‚     🌀

We made our weekly jaunt to get rid of our garbage
at the refuse center today.
Surprising how many people are out and about!!

Went out on the deck to get the clothes off the line
and I thought at first I stepped on a sharp stone but
when it kept stinging I realized that I had stepped on a wasp!
Ouch!!
At least I'm not allergic.

Updated my to read book list.
I'm going to try NOT TO ADD any more books to my list until
I get some of these read!!!

It's been a nice sunny day with some clouds and a nice
cool breeze kicked up this afternoon.
Nice to sit out on the porch and read.

That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone  🍭

Friday, July 24, 2020

Friday

66 degrees with clouds and a spritzing of rain at times again this morning
like yesterday.


Walked to town and two times around both cemeteries and the
ball park loop.

Saw a bunch of deer and then saw a big buck.
He was running so couldn't count the points.

This big rig was stopped on the side street behind the bakery
to run in for, I'm guessing, donuts.
I wouldn't want to be driving that thing on these streets!!
 Wonder what kind of gas mileage it gets!!?


Continued walking down past the old house and then over
to the industrial park and walked around there a bit.
Kenny had to go to the lumber yard in town so I met him across
the street at the Dollar General and got a ride home.

Walked 6.1 miles
Even a dreary morning is a good walking morning.  πŸ˜ƒ
 
☁️     πŸ™‚     🌧

Puttering about the house this morning.
After lunch the sun came out so went and walked around
Happy Trails for a bit.
Did some more reading and making weave-it squares.

Last night I got a craving for some chocolate cake so I
baked a chocolate bundt cake today.
Will have that for our snack tonight with a scoop of ice cream.

Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone ❤️


Comment Replies:
SusanQ - Yes, the weight of the yarn determines the weight of the blanket.  Don't know what a blanket stitch is.  I just put two of the squares together right sides facing and sew them together.  Sew them in strips and then sew the strips together.
The first link is to a web site that will give you some information about weave-its.
The rest of the links are to some posts that contain things I've written about weave-its.  Hope they are helpful for you.
Weave-its   
Gramma's Weave-its
Weave-its
Weave-its

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Tar Bubbles

When I walked to town this morning it was 66 degrees,
breezy, cloudy, and a little spritzing of rain from time to time.
Didn't bother with the umbrella because the rain kept me cool.

Walked around both cemeteries a couple of times and
then home again.

No people about and just the usual deer and rabbits
here and there.


Seems to me there is a lot more Queen Anne's Lace around this year
than usual.  It is all over the place.

Walked 5.7 miles

☁️     πŸ™‚     🌧

Finished sewing the latest baby blanket up this afternoon.
Put the orange in to brighten it up a bit.


Already started on the next blanket.  
Using up more yarn on hand, a green, pink, white variegated color.
Also have some yellow I'll use in it too.
The yarn is a light weight and will be nice for summer.
Since I'm already into September's blanket, will save the above
blanket for fall the light weight one I've started will be for August.
Once I finish this one I'll work on the yellow gingham
bedspread I'm making for us.

🧢

On some roads when it gets hot the black tar melts and forms
tar bubbles.  Looking at a tar bubble the other day made me
think of the tar bubble incident when I was about 8 years old.
Walking along with my friend Timmy, we came across some of these
tar bubbles.  It was really hot that day and not only were there bubbles
but a whole mess of tar had softened up and was nice and gooey.
We just couldn't pass this up.
Started popping the bubbles with sticks and then thought who needs sticks,
so we used our fingers.  Not stopping at the popping we got some leaves
and made tar sandwiches and had all kinds of fun with the tar.
Then we realized we were pretty much covered in tar and it wouldn't come off.
 We both eventually went home.
Well, my mother was not very happy to see me!! 😠
My clothes had to be thrown away.
Not sure what my mom used to get the tar off of me
but I'm thinking it was probably turpentine.
She was mad and not too gentle about getting the tar off me!! 😠
I never played in tar again!!
     ⚫️     
 It's been mostly cloudy today but did see the sun for a little while.
Heard thunder but we just got a minute or two of rain.

That's it for today.
Thanks for stopping by.
A happy day to you.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone  ❤️
Comment Replies:
Vee - No, I don't cut Ken's hair or anyone else's!!!  Ken cuts his own hair and has for years.  Our daughter Debbi has always cut her own hair too.  Ken's grandfather was a barber - must run in the family!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Farm Loop

Another beautiful morning for walking.
65 degrees with a mix of sun and clouds. 

I asked Ken if he would mind picking me up at the town pond
this morning. I knew he would say yes.
Still it is nice to ask. πŸ™‚

Had my usual walk to town but today walked right on through
and out of the other side down the main road.
Then turned left and started walking what I call the
Farm Loop because of all the farms along the way.
When we lived in town I'd walk this route often.
It was my favorite route.  

Took these pictures along the way.
It is a beautiful place to walk, very calm and peaceful. 
It can't help but put you in a thankful and happy mood for the day.

Coming up to Farmer Bills place.



A nice long gentle hill to walk down.




Farmer Gene's Farm


The Dairy Farm
and a nice long gentle hill to walk up.


At the top of the hill and to the left is the school.
Walked town the hill back to town and over to the pond
and there was Ken waiting for me.

Walked 6.9 miles
If Ken wasn't there I'd have another 2 miles to walk home.
 Found 2 dimes walking in town. 

🌀     πŸ™‚     🌀

After breakfast it clouded up and looked like rain but I did
a load of clothes and hung them outside anyway.
A thunderstorm came along again and I had to bring the clothes inside.
After the storm, the sun came out and I hung them out again.
Heard thunder once more but this time the rain held off till my clothes were dry.
After the rain it was cool and breezy and sunny once again.

We sat on the porch watching it rain till the wind blew the rain on us
and we started getting wet.

Ken gave me hair a nice trim again.
Just took a bit off to make it even with my chin.

Got quite a lot of the baby blanket sewn together
and also read.
It's been a good day.

Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone ❤️
Comment Replies:
Inger - The baby skunks (called kits) were black and white like mama.

Rose - If I don't like the book the first time and try reading it again I still don't like it. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Tread Softly



66 degrees, calm with a mix of sun and clouds as 
I walked to town this morning.


Passing by a yard I saw a skunk with her little ones walking
across the grass.
A pretty poor picture but here they are.
Didn't want to get any closer!!
I counted three babies.
They all kind of blended together as they walked along.

Walked down the middle of town and over to the ball park
where I walked around the loop there a couple of times
before walking back home again.

Lisa and Dwayne were out again
and a man riding a bicycle zoomed by me down the hill.

The usual deer and rabbits were around too.

Walked 5.6 miles

🌀     πŸ™‚     🌀

Feel like I just wrote this but we did our weekly shopping
at the Shop and Save again this Tuesday!!

We have an old red water pump that Ken just put in the ground
out front.  Just for decoration, it doesn't actually work.
Needs to be repainted and when I do, will post a picture.

Finished reading Tread Softly on My Dreams
by Gretta Curran Browne.
The first book in The Liberty Trilogy. 
A book about Robert Emmet, the Irish freedom rebel. (historic fiction)  
Really got caught up in the book and thought it was excellent. 
 Look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!! 

More thunderstorms rolled by us this afternoon.

Have finished all the weave-it squares for the next baby
blanket I'm working on and now just have to sew it together.

 Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone ❤️

Comment Replies:
Glad so many of you got a chuckle out of my hair yesterday!! πŸ˜ƒ

Vee and others who wondered why I didn't care for the cruise.  Basically too many people and WAY WAY too much food.  Cruising is just not my thing.  My dad had a boat for a good part of my life growing up and I just enjoy a smaller boat cruising up the Hudson.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Hair


On my walk to town this morning it was 69 degrees with
a mix of sun and clouds and a nice breeze.

When I got to town I didn't walk through it but just walked
around both of the cemeteries.

The geese were around the pond again.


Saw Lisa and Dwayne around one cemetery and
Rebecca walking around the other one.

The corn is looking good and it is about eye level now.
Walked a couple of rows in the field to take the picture.

Quite a few deer about this morning.
They must like soy beans because they looked pretty happy 
in the field eating it.

As always it was nice to be out walking early in the morning.

Walked 5.6 miles

☁️     πŸ™‚     🌀

Ken worked out back with the stones he collected the other day.
In the next few days we will be making a run to the
stone store for a trailer load of gravel to finish it off.

I was inside moving a few things around in the living room
while I dusted behind them.
Then put them back in different locations.

A beautiful sunny afternoon with a bunch of white fluffy 
clouds in a bright blue sky.
That breeze hung around and was great to feel it through
the house with the windows all open.

Funny Memory
Bad hair day?
Some years ago Ken and I went on our one and only cruise.
(Glad to have gone but wouldn't go again.)
One day it was very windy and Ken took this picture of me with
my hair blowing around while we walked on deck.

Later that day we passed by this poster and I started laughing
because there was my hairdo.

 Thanks for stopping by.
Life is Good
Look for the good in your day.
happyone  ❤️

Sunday, July 19, 2020

How Great Thou Art

Another great old hymn that we sing often at church.
It is Ken's favorite one. 

How Great Thou Art

1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Refrain 

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!

2. When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

3.  And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, My God, how great thou art!


Elvis Singing How Great Thou Art

 A Blessed Sunday to you all.
God Bless You
happyone  ❤️

Comment Replies:
Deb - Yes, after moving from the Savage house we moved to Ellicott City, and lived there 4 years before moving here to Garrett County.

GrannyM - I wasn't blogging when we renovated the house.  The house was done in the mid 90's.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Saturday

Another walk to town this morning.
It was 62 degrees and calm.
Walked through a cloud and then it was sunny for the rest of my walk.



When I got to town walked around both cemeteries a couple of times.

At the town pond I saw the heron who doesn't make an appearance very often.
Didn't get a picture but did stop to watch him take off flying.

Went down across from the Drane house to see if the bulls
were about today.
There were two of them.


They have a scratching post and don't have to use the fence post
like the my neighbor cows do.


Continued around town and over to the ball park and walked
the loop there a couple of times too.
Back around town a bit and then headed over to the Dollar General
where Ken was in the parking lot waiting for me.

We did some early shopping before more people came along.
Then I got a ride home.

Walked 5.9 miles


  Ken went outside after breakfast and harvested a pile of stones.
He is making the area down from the arched stone bridge
and deck a little bit neater.

I was inside getting the last of the house cleaning done for the week.

Afternoon I took it easy and read and sat on the porch.
Also had some more strawberries and cream.
 Ken played his new video came.
House Flipper
House renovations are easy with this game, no strenuous work!!

The Queen Anne's Lace that I put in the bottles of water
with food coloring did turn colors but with just a hint of color.
Didn't show up good for a picture.

Thanks for visiting.
Life is Good
Find the good in your day.
happyone  ❤️

Comment Replies:
Deb - The 100 year old house we renovated was located it Savage, Md.  I had just started blogging the last 2 years or so that we lived there. This was the only picture I found that you could see all of it.

I spent a good amount of time working in the front garden
and when I was done it looked liked this.
This is looking from at the garden from the porch